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The Oakland-based Samuel Merritt University is one of the three largest programs for registered nursing students in California and is committed to reducing health disparities by recruiting more students of color. 

Source: KQED News State of Health
Published: Thursday, November 5, 2015

It's still mostly white and female, but recruiters at Samuel Merritt University are looking for diversity.

Source: Oakland Magazine
Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Institutions such as Oakland's Samuel Merritt University top lists when considering students' post-graduation earnings and average annual cost, while Ivy Leagues such as Harvard, Princeton, and Yale perform well when sorted by graduation rate.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dolores Huerta urged students to pay attention to the world around them, asking them to be proactive about challenging injustices. "We are all related," Huerta said. "We are all advocates of different shades and colors. We have to fight for each other and protect each other."


Source: Oakland North
Published: Friday, September 18, 2015

SMU students Amy Stevenson and Jennifer Lee created a novel healthy eating class for residents living in San Francisco's single room occupancy hotels, which culminates in a trip to the farmer's markets and, hopefully, leads to healthier lifestyles. 


Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Published: Thursday, September 3, 2015

Over the past five years, the medical mannequin trend has snowballed. Among the institutions leading the way: Samuel Merritt University, Harvard's Center for Medical Simulation and Imperial College London.


Source: OZY
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SMU's Dr. Tomas' FACES Summer Medical Academy for underrepresented students teaches culturally sensitive care for a new generation of healthcare professionals. 

Source: Global Health Fellows Program II
Published: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

As scientists conduct research into the human genome, they are cracking codes to some cancer and other diseases. Meet Northern California patients who are receiving custom therapies—with dramatic results. 

Source: KVIE Sacramento
Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Barb Puder, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medical Neuroscience, at Samuel Merritt University, and a member of the AAA Public Affairs Committee, has set her sights beyond the walls of her university and has developed neuroscience community outreach programs designed for grades K-12 and the community. 

Source: Anatomy Now
Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"I became involved in starting an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter at my school and began to use the IHI online modules to solidify ideas about patient safety and healthcare improvement."

Source: PSQH: Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
Published: Friday, June 12, 2015

A health fair organized by SMU's nursing students serves a dual purpose: Serve the East Oakland community and recruit people of color to SMU’s nursing programs to help the broader goal of eliminating health disparities.

Source: KQED News State of Health
Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Student Jessica Potter, who graduates on Friday, May 22, 2015, will become an MD instead of join the LPGA

Source: The Vancouver Sun
Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rena Perez balances being logical and detail-oriented with the softer side of nursing: compassion, vulnerability, and warmth. She was instrumental in directing the team that developed the Ebola patient workflow for Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento.

Source: ABC News 10
Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sex therapist Isadora Alman, the featured speaker at SMU's 25th Annual Picchi Lecture in March, sparks a new conversation.

Source: Oakland North
Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The California Podiatric Medical Association salutes student volunteers from SMU's California School of Podiatric Medicine for providing needed medical specialty care for the underserved.


Source: The California Podiatric Physician
Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
A story about health disparities and Dr. Cornel West’s visit to Allen Temple Baptist Church
Source: KQED News
Published: Friday, April 10, 2015
Recap of the event; includes quotes from SMU student, Shanda Williams
Source: Mercury News
Published: Friday, April 10, 2015
SF Gate on Cornel West and the Event Sponsored by SMU and Allen Temple Baptist Church
Source: SF Gate
Published: Friday, April 10, 2015
Event listing on East Bay Express
Source: East Bay Express
Published: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Aara Amidi-Nouri, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is quoted
Published: Monday, March 16, 2015
Mention of KALW radio show with Michael De Rosa, Ph.D., Chair of Physician Assistant Dept. at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and family medicine practitioner in Berkeley
Published: Friday, March 13, 2015
radio show with guest Michael De Rosa, Ph.D., Chair of Physician Assistant Dept. at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland and family medicine practitioner in Berkeley
Published: Monday, March 9, 2015
Congrats to HIPGiver Dr. Tomás Magaña, FACES Founder and SMU faculty member!
Source: BeHipGive on YouTube
Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Kenichi Ito took part in a study at the Motion Analysis Research center at Oakland’s Samuel Merritt University
Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
A British TV documentary crew had sent the 32-year-old a plane ticket to fly to Oakland last week and check himself into something called the Motion Analysis Resource Center, a part of Samuel Merritt University. The center’s director, Drew Smith, hooked Ito up to no fewer than 76 motion detectors so he could perform the motion analysis properly.
Source: SF Gate
Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
“We have not eradicated measles,” DeRosa said. “And we’re not going to. We’re suppressing it. That wolf is always at the door.”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Published: Thursday, February 5, 2015
All Hampton Health locations and facilities are recognized as geriatric training sites through affiliation agreements with hospital resident programs such as St. Mary’s Medical Center and UCSF, as well as through physician assistant certification programs through Samuel Merritt and St. Francis (PA) Universities.
Published: Monday, February 2, 2015
SMU's Barbara Puder led girls in grades four to six through activities about the brain
Published: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Written by SMU Associate Director, Media Relations and News Writer, Justin Berton
Source: Alameda Magazine
Published: Monday, December 1, 2014
Oakland North on Henrietta Lacks and the SMU event on October 23, 2014
Published: Monday, November 10, 2014
KQED's coverage of the 2014 SMU Zombie Health Symposium
Published: Friday, October 31, 2014
KPIX/CBS News coverage of the SMU Zombie Health Symposium - with video
Published: Friday, October 31, 2014
SF Gate article about the SMU Zombie Symposium
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (
Published: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This fall the T4D bus will roll through California State University, Fresno and Samuel Merritt School of Podiatric Medicine.
Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Meadows not only keeps over 9,000 students healthy in Dublin’s rapidly growing school district, but is also an active fitness instructor with a passion for health and nutrition.What role do school nurses play in keeping our kids healthy? 

Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
SMU's HSSC and use of standardized patients is covered in this article
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Aara Amidi-Nouri, PhD, RN, chair of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and School of Nursing’s Director of Diversity was one of the 20 selected.
Published: Friday, August 8, 2014
Source: KPIX Channel 5
Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Joel Siapno, a 2014 BSN grad and former teacher's assistant, talks about how nursing school made him a better athlete.

Source: The Oakland Tribune
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Joel “The Quiet Storm” Siapno, a 22-year-old 2014 nursing graduate from Samuel Merritt University, has placed his nursing career on hold to follow his dream of becoming a professional boxer.
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards to 52 schools of nursing, including SMU
Published: Sunday, June 15, 2014
"Students at the more than 100-year-old Oakland health sciences school gathered Thursday for an unusual event: the school's first memorial for donated bodies."
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (
Published: Friday, April 18, 2014
Free, all-ages event that is part of the Brain Awareness program at SMU
Source: East Bay Express
Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Source: Aberdeen News
Published: Friday, March 21, 2014
Several SMU students, as well as Audrey Berman, Dean of Nursing, are quoted in this article about the recent backlog in the state computer system.
Published: Friday, February 14, 2014
SMU graduate Ben Villarreal and Audrey Berman, Dean of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University, are quoted in the article.
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Audrey Berman, dean of nursing at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, said the state’s delay is adding stress to an already stressful situation for nursing grads entering a tightening job market.
Published: Friday, February 7, 2014
Belczyk is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College
Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Upgrading the SMU video conferencing technology
Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013